Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Garoupa, Jorgensen & Vazquez: "Assessing the Argument for Specialized Courts: Evidence from Family Courts in Spain"
Nuno Garoupa (University of Illinois College of Law), Natalia Jorgensen (Foundation for Applied Economic Research) & Pablo Vazquez (Foundation for Applied Economic Research) have posted "Assessing the Argument for Specialized Courts: Evidence from Family Courts in Spain" on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Specialized courts have become a key component of the legal reform packages implemented in civil law countries, particularly, in the area of family law. One argument for this policy is that they are able to reach a decision faster than the regular courts, which are normally congested. We use data from a survey of Spanish family courts in the region of Madrid to test this claim. After controlling for other relevant variables, the econometric results did not provide strong support for specialized courts.